Development Projects

  • Tiny PC

    Our Tiny PC gets some big changes!

    Updated 20/11/2017

    In recent months many of our machines have received updates or re-designs.  It’s part of the ongoing innovation cycle we go through to keep our family of products at the forefront of what’s possible and relevant to our customers’ needs.  We currently have our attention turned to customer favourite, the Tiny PC.

    Squeezing excellent componentry and solid performance into a small-scale, value for money package, the Tiny PC is a sound choice for all sorts of requirements. With new processor variations now available, it’s due an upgrade to keep up with modern standards.  However, the new Tiny PC won’t simply be a next-generation of the same machine, we have taken the opportunity to transform it into a more advanced and versatile unit. We won’t be departing from the original formula that has made the Tiny so popular, but the updates will offer more flexibility, including range-topping processor options and most importantly a full height PCIe slot which we have fitted into the same small form factor design.

    Don’t be fooled by its 215(W) x 205(D) x 80(H)mm case size; the new Tiny is packed with some big features:

    • Full height PCIe x16 slot
    • Intel i7, Xeon and Fanless CPU options
    • Wall mountable
    • Optional RS232 port

    Given its compact design and the capability to wall mount the unit, the Tiny PC offers flexible installation options.  Plus, the addition of an optional RS232 serial port provides greater connectivity with your peripheral devices, and fanless options mean you won’t need to worry about noise, either.

    We’re in the process of getting our new-look Tiny PC ready before the grand unveiling – keep your eyes peeled for its launch, it won’t be long until you see the enhanced Mini PC in all its glory.

    If you would like to learn more about what to expect from our upgraded Tiny PC, or want to understand the Mini PC options available to you from our product line-up, please speak to one of the team.

    Posted by: Geoff Undrell
    Posted in: Development Projects, Products

  • Crypto-mining

    4U Nano could open up a gold mine for crypto-mining

    Updated 13/09/2017

    Cryptocurrency is ruling the virtual roost right now. It is today an exceedingly popular method of making online, anonymous transactions, and the interest in it is only growing.

    What is it?

    Cryptocurrency is essentially digital money, like Bitcoin, that can be ‘mined’ for over the Internet. Whenever a transaction is made between two digital wallets, it is the job of miners to verify these transactions and add them to a public ledger, but in order to do this, they must solve a mathematical puzzle or algorithm that increases in difficulty. Opportunities to mine from these transactions is completely open, so solving the equation happens on a first-come, first-serve basis. Once the miner has completed the puzzle, they are rewarded with a fee and any new ‘coins’ that are created as a result of the transaction.

    Becoming a crypto-miner takes an enormous investment in equipment and time, as the puzzles they are presented with are extraordinarily complex, however, the return can be phenomenal.

    We may have the solution

    The most successful way of generating enough compute power to tackle the mining process is through the use of high-end graphics cards. We’re currently in the process of developing a brand new rackmount PC, the 4U Nano, which we believe will be the perfect companion for crypto-miners. Purpose-built for high-end graphics, it’s the only one of our product line-up able to accommodate multiple graphics cards, with room for up to four dual width cards such as the NVIDIA GTX 1080Ti or M6000. To ensure non-stop performance, we’ve also included the option for a 680W redundant power supply on top of standard support for up to 1500W ATX supply. We think this flexible, small form factor machine could be the answer to gaining the huge horsepower necessary for mining, but with lots of options to achieve a viable rig at a competitive price.

    The supply challenge

    The difficulty is that due to the surge in popularity for crypto-mining, graphics cards, particularly the likes of AMD and NVIDIA GPUs, are selling like hotcakes. It is becoming increasingly challenging to get hold of them at all, let alone at a reasonable cost. AMD’s RX Vega GPU was only released last month and its first wave sold out in minutes. However, as a leading UK PC manufacturer we’re used to experiencing constricted supply, so scour the globe for alternative supply routes for these very situations.  The 4U Nano is just around the corner and we’re confident that by the time we release it in the coming weeks, we will have overcome the supply issues currently being seen in the market.

    For more information on our 4U Nano for crypto-mining, or the NVIDIA graphics cards we use in our products, please get in touch.

    Posted by: Geoff Undrell
    Posted in: Development Projects, News

  • NVIDIA GTX

    Power and performance from the NVIDIA GTX 1080 Ti

    Updated 10/08/2017

    We purpose-build bespoke Rack and Mini PCs for a broad range of applications on a regular basis. These are usually created in response to a customer’s unique need from their unit, and designed to help achieve a certain objective, be that to accommodate a compact design for use where space is a premium, or else realise valuable functionality.

    One of the most interesting recent trends we’re seeing amongst our customers is the demand for high-quality, advanced graphics capability. As more applications require rich graphical support, separate Graphics Processing Units (GPUs) are increasingly important.  NVIDIA GPUs are at the forefront of the technological advances taking place in this arena and accordingly we’re getting regularly asked if our machines can support NVIDIA graphics cards.

    We have delivered a considerable number of project builds that meet this requirement, in our 2U Nano (short depth) and 2U PC cases harnessing NVIDIA’s GTX 10xx-series graphics cards.  Part of the GeForce range, the cards are regularly used by the gaming industry to provide a rich visual experience. With their flagship GTX 1080 Ti GPU hailed as the best graphics card on the market today, we have built many machines that take advantage of the extraordinary performance this and other NVIDIA cards offer.

    Based on the new NVIDIA Pascal architecture, it means our machines can capitalise on these incredible specs:

    • Memory speed of 10 Gbps
    • 4 Boost Clock Relative
    • 1733 MHz Boost Clock Actual
    • Up to 3x faster performance
    • Advanced vapour chamber cooling technology

    We’ve already implemented the card into our 2U Nano and 2U PC for various applications, and continue to receive requests to build the capability into other models in our product line-up as our customers seek to blend small form factor devices with maximum performance.

    For more information on the NVIDIA range of GeForce GTX graphics cards, or else if you’d like to find out if a high-performing project build is right for you, get in touch.

     

    Posted by: Geoff Undrell
    Posted in: Development Projects, Products

  • 4U Nano

    We’re taking our Rack PCs to new heights with the 4U Nano

    Updated 21/07/2017

    Our Rack PC line-up is set to gain a new addition with the soon-to-arrive 4U Nano! The machine has been developed with high-end graphics in mind as the only one of our PCs able to accommodate multiple high-end Graphics (GFX) Cards like the GTX 1080 Ti or M6000. As such, you’ll now be able to fit up to four dual width GFX cards into a single unit, fully supported by up to 1500W ATX Power Supply. In preparing the machine for these demands, the 4U Nano is also ready to fit up to eight full height and full length PCIe cards, offering a host of other flexible configuration options for all sorts of requirements. Surprisingly, the machine still comes with a very economical footprint, measuring only 370mm deep.

    What’s new?

    The 4U Nano promises lots of welcomed features:

    • Up to 4x Dual Width Graphics Cards or 8x full height and full length PCle cards
    • Up to 4x 3.5” Hot Swappable Hard drives
    • Up to 8x 2.5” Hot Swappable SSDs/Hard drives
    • Optional Redundant 680W power supply unit
    • Support for 1500W ATX Power Supplies
    • DVD Drive Support
    • Short-Depth 370mm deep case design

    As with the recent upgrade to our popular 2U PC’s design, we’ve also considered the potential for power supply unit (PSU) failure by providing you with the option to add in a 680W redundant PSU. We’re really excited about what the 4U Nano will bring to our ever-expanding product range – we believe it addresses an important niche in the market for small form factor machines capable of accommodating full-size, high performance componentry.

    In the works…

    While the 4U Nano rackmount PC remains in development, it is just around the corner. In the meantime if you’d like to find out more, or would like to explore any of our other development projects, please get in touch.

    Posted by: Geoff Undrell
    Posted in: Development Projects, Products

  • 1U and 2U PC

    Double Feature: Both our 1U and 2U PCs are treated to design updates

    Updated 13/06/2017

    We take pride in ongoing innovation and quick responses to customer feedback about our products.  That’s why this month we’re embarking upon a project that will see two of our popular PCs receive updated designs.

    1U PC

    In light of recent requests for a greater number of Hot Swap bays within our 1U PC, we’re pleased to announce that we can now accommodate up to 8 Hot Swap drives in this machine. The revision has next-to-no effect on the unit’s physical footprint, and likewise means it still retains a dual-width PCIe bay. What’s more, we’re pretty sure this feature is completely unique in the 1U space given the 1U PC’s 350mm depth.

    As a result we’re now packing a lot into our 1U rackmount PC:

    • 8x Hot Swap drives
    • 2x Front USB 3.0 ports
    • Dual-width PCIe slot for high power Graphics Cards
    • Tool-less quick removal lid
    • DVD/Blu-ray Optical drives

    2U PC

    Thanks to a recent update to our flexible 2U PC’s design, we are now delighted to be able to offer new configuration options around low profile and full height PCIe bays. Having restructured the back panel and reengineered the unit to hold a redundant power supply, customers will now have the option to fit more low profile expansion cards than ever before. The rack-mountable 2U machine can now fit a maximum of 7 low profile cards, or else can be configured to fit up to 4 full height cards, depending on your requirements.

    We do everything we can to ensure each one of our machines is up to whatever you have planned for it.  These updates are part of our ongoing cycle of refinement and reinvention. It’s also why our products have achieved some noteworthy industry ‘firsts’.

    If you would like to learn more about what our 1U and 2U PC updates have in store, or discover what other development projects we have lined up, please speak to the team.

    Posted by: Geoff Undrell
    Posted in: Development Projects, Products

  • 2U PC redundant power supply

    Power-up! Our 2U PC gains a redundant power supply, and more

    Updated 07/06/2017

    It’s not uncommon for power supply units (PSU) to fail – an inconvenient truth, but often the reason for PC breakdown. With this in mind we’ve decided to build our 2U PC to a more modular design in order to accommodate a redundant power supply.  You’ll never need to worry about your machine going offline again, as in the event of PSU failure the secondary PSU will take over.

    To accompany this redundant power supply, the design has also been reengineered to allow more room for additional low profile expansion cards, so customers will be able to fit more into their 2U unit than ever before! Alternatively, there will still be the option to fit up to 4 full height expansion cards as needed.

    Coupled with our range of Server or Industrial motherboards, our feature-rich 2U PC is therefore perfect for all sorts of business-critical applications because of its robust design:

    • Redundant 680W power supply, 80PLUS GOLD Rated
    • Supports the latest X99 and 7th Gen Skylake motherboards
    • Supports Intel’s 18 core Xeon E5 processors
    • 2x USB 3.0 ports
    • Up to 8x 2.5″ HDD/SSD drives
    • 6x Hot-Swap Bays
    • Slimline DVD/Blu-ray drive

    We’re always looking for new ways to innovate to be able to provide our customers with the functionality they deserve. Our machines are constantly evolving to suit new requirements and the demand of emerging trends to ensure that we deliver the best experience possible. Our 2U PC redesign is just one of many updates to come over the coming months where we have actively taken our customers’ needs into consideration. That’s why we’re known for producing some real industry ‘firsts’.

    For more information on what our updated 2U PC design will entail, or else if you’d like to learn more about our upcoming development projects, please get in touch.

    Posted by: Geoff Undrell
    Posted in: Development Projects, Products

  • Bantam PC

    Introducing the new Bantam Hybrid PC – it packs a powerful punch

    Updated 12/04/2017

    We’re thrilled to announce that we’re currently in the process of developing a brand new Hybrid PC, the Bantam. As the name suggests, it’s an incredibly lightweight and flexible machine, but don’t let that fool you – the Bantam also packs one heck of a performance punch. Supporting Intel’s processor family all the way through to the range-topping i7, it’s purpose-built to tackle high-demand applications where a robust small form-factor appliance is required.

    A PC that goes the distance

     The Bantam is packed from top to toe with fantastic features that make it a real contender:

    • Processor options: fanless Celeron to i7
    • Dual Gigabit Ethernet Ports
    • 2 SSD Bay for main OS
    • Two additional 2.5” HDD/SSD drive bays
    • Optional RS232 Port
    • 1U Rack Mount, Wall or VESA mounted
    • Up to 2 units can be mounted side by side in 1U
    • Internal AC/DC PSU

    Standing at 222mm x 44mm x 240mm, the Bantam also offers various mounting options including 1U rack, wall, or VESA mount. It’s no messy machine, either, thanks to its tidy internal AC/DC power supply unit (PSU), which considers the neatness of your comms cabinet when rack-mounted. You even have the option to fix two units side-by-side in a single 1U space for convenience and the chance to squeeze more compute into the same footprint.

    Soon stepping into the ring

    The Bantam is still in its early stages of development, but will soon be available for pre-order. If you would like to gain the low down on what the Bantam will bring to our product family, or are interested in learning more about the project, please get in touch.

    Posted by: Geoff Undrell
    Posted in: Development Projects, Products

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